The new beige and bronze bus stations will be made by stainless steels which are three times thicker than the old ones. Image: xinhua
Manhole covers will also be re-designed. Image: xinhua
Chang'an Avenue, a major and iconic thoroughfare in Beijing, is undergoing a face-lift that involves adding Chinese elements to the street.
The Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment released the latest information about the landscape ascension of Chang'an Avenue on July 25. The main parts that will be upgraded include bus stations, manhole covers, pedestrian walk and the facade of the buildings along the road.
The infrastructure on the avenue will be replaced by new ones with traditional Chinese elements such as lotus and auspicious clouds which are patterns in hope for good luck and best wishes.
The new beige and bronze bus stations will be made by stainless steel which is three times thicker than the old material. It is said that the tube can withstand the impact of a car traveling at 50 km per hour. Every station will be equipped with an electronic board which shows time and how many stops are left when a bus approaches.
Manhole covers will also be re-designed. The new pattern on the manhole is taken from those on the stairs of the main temples in Forbidden City, according to Xu Congyi, the architect of Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.